Thursday, March 12, 2015

Writing World Wednesday: Discoveries During Editing

If I had made a Random Monday post, it would have been about me being on Spring Break, haha. Spring Break is why I didn't make a post. (I was lazy.)


This sort of relates back to a post I made a week or two ago about characters defying what their authors think is going to happen. I don't know about you, but when we're writing, the number of things that don't go as expected often reach the double-digits. Maybe even triple, if you're unlucky. 

That leaves a LOT to do during the editing process. The adaptations to fit the plot as it is after the first draft, the sentence structure, paragraphs, entire scenes changed or even deleted... Yeah, you know the drill. My point on this is:

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you subconsciously seem to pick up on how a plot might change? I know a couple of times during my editing process I'll come across something that very effectively foreshadows that happens in the future - something I hadn't anticipated during the initial writing.

Maybe it's the characters again, picking up on things we don't! Is this just me, or does this happen to some of you too? Are our characters picking up on our plot changes before we're even aware of them ourselves? If that's the case, they need to let us know earlier on!

(It is indeed 1 AM. And technically Thursday. But I am one of those people who continues to call it Wednesday until I go to bed.)


  1. I /have/ noticed that foreshadowing phenomenon! It's like something inside of us knows what the rest of us doesn't. Creepy cool, I call it.

    1. It's like, "Hey, subconscious, thanks for looking out for me!"

  2. SQUIRREL!!!

    That's what your characters will be doing if you don't reign them in. Sure, some freedom can be a good thing, especially if you have a lot of time to revise and edit. :)

    1. That is very true! It's a huge problem I have. It's part of why a lot of my early works have first drafts that are over 200k words. *Sobs at the thought of editing* One of those drafts I completed ended up, after editing, at only 89k.